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'Use it or lose it'

Cllr Val Tarbitt has warned villagers to use the service if they want it to stay Credit: ITV Border

A new scheme offering a twice-weekly bus service to Carlisle for inhabitants of Rockcliffe is up and running.

Villagers were facing the possibility of being left without transport when the county council scrapped bus subsidies, but it has now teamed up with a private taxi firm to run Village Wheels.

However Councillor Val Tarbitt has warned that people need to use the service if they hope to keep it, describing it as a classic case of "use it or lose it'

All platforms open at Carlisle Station

All platforms at Carlisle station have re-opened following work on parts of the roof that had been damaged.

Platform's 3 and 4 were cordoned off after glass panes were damaged on Thursday because of high winds.

Virgin Trains say the closure was a "precautionary measure".

Safety netting has been put up and the damaged parts removed.

Network Rail is responsible for maintenance at the station and says that the safety of passengers and staff is the number one priority

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Local firms begin work on Old Town Hall

The second stage of work has started on Carlisle's Old Town Hall Credit: ITV Border

Local firms have begun phase two of the reconstruction work to Carlisle's Old Town Hall.

The construction company Cubby Construction and architects Johnston and Wright are working together to complete the improvements to the Grade I listed building.

The City Council owns and manages the historic building and is financing the £650,000 project.

The ground floor of the building is let to local businesses and will remain open during the construction period.

However Carlisle’s Tourist Information Centre, normally found on the building's first floor, will be temporarily relocated to 40 Scotch Street.

Replacement brickwork completed in the first phase of construction Credit: ITV Border

The first phase of restoration work included roof repairs, works to the external walls, refurbishment and replacement of some windows, internal works to the tourist information centre and new carpets and decoration.

It was completed in 2013.

The second phase, which will include a comprehensive upgrade of the Tourist Information Centre, is due to be completed by July 2015.

“The second phase of works will continue with our programme to restore and repair one of our key historic buildings.

"The improvements will reinforce its role as a visitor attraction and destination.

"We hope it will create renewed interest in the building and encourage additional visitors, including local residents."

– Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Young People

Police renew appeal for Carlisle road traffic collision

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to the incident on December 18th Credit: PA

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Carlisle that left a man in a serious condition.

The incident happened at approximately 8pm on Thursday, December 18th.

Witnesses to the collision report that the 28-year-old male was being pursued by a group of people when he ran onto the road on Denton Street and collided with a Renault Megane.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or noticed anything suspicious prior to it occurring to get in touch.

The victim was released from hospital last week and thankfully he is recovering as this could have been much more severe.

Any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, could assist in our investigation.”

– DCI Adam Braniff

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Adam Braniff. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigation after Carlisle accident

Cumbria Police are investigating after a road accident led to a man from Carlisle being hospitalised with serious injuries.

The 38-year-old was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the collision on Denton Street near to Mitchell Dryers, at around 8pm on 18 December.

Witnesses report that the man was being chased by a group of people when he ran into the road, and was hit by a Renault Megan.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. They include a 44-year-old woman, and three men aged 18, 21 and 23.

They are all from the Carlisle area and have been bailed until Wednesday 4 March 2015.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or noticed anything suspicious prior to it occurring to get in touch.

The victim was released from hospital last week and thankfully he is recovering as this could have been much more severe.

Any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, could assist in our investigation.”

– Detective Constable Adam Braniff

Concern for missing Carlisle man

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 43-year-old man from Carlisle who has gone missing.

Casper Capel was last seen at Eden Housing in Penrith on Wednesday 14th January.

Mr Capel is described as white, of a slim build, with short dark hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with green sleeves, black trousers and a flat cap.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101 and ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant at Durranhill Police Station.

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